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Madera County, California (Map It) was created on March 11, 1893 from Fresno County . Madera County was named for the Spanish word that means “timber.” The county derived its name from the town of Madera, named when the California Lumber Company built a flume to carry lumber to the railroad there in 1876. Learn More About State of California History
Madera County Cities and Towns include Ahwahnee, Bass Lake, Bonadelle Ranchos-Madera Ranchos, Chowchilla, Coarsegold, Fairmead, Knowles, La Vina, Madera, Madera Acres, Nipinnawasee, North Fork, O'Neals, Oakhurst, Parksdale, Parkwood, Raymond, Ripperdan, Rolling Hills, Sugar Pine, Yosemite Lakes .
Since its creation Madera County boundries have changed to include these:
- Territory in Mariposa County from 1850 to 1856, was in Fresno County from 1856 to 1893 when it was separated to create Madera County.
- Territory in Mariposa County from 1850 to 1855, and in Merced County from 1855 to 1856, was in Fresno County from 1856 to 1893 when it was separated to create Madera County.
- Territory in Mariposa County from 1850 to 1856, in Fresno County from 1856 to 1870, back in Mariposa County from 1870 to 1872, was back in Fresno County from 1872 to 1893 when it was moved to the new Madera County.
Madera County, California Courthouse Records
Madera County, CA Courthouse
Old Madera County Courthouse
The Madera County Courthouse is located in Madera, California. Courthouse fire on Christmas Eve 1906 destroyed the upper floors and tower. Learn More About State of California Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.
Courthouse History - After Madera was created from the northern section of Fresno County in 1893, the first superior court was located on the upper floor of a drugstore while plans were made for a courthouse to be built of local granite. Just five years after the completion of the courthouse, a fire on Christmas Eve 1906 destroyed the upper floors and tower, which were quickly rebuilt. The courts and county offices moved out of the building in 1957, and it remained vacant until 1971, when it was renovated as the Madera County Historical Society Museum. The courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes. The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research. Some early court records from the various courts may have been sent to the California State Archives. Besides court minutes and judgements, these records include tax lists, wills, deeds, estate inventories, and marriage bonds. The California State Archives has microfilm of selected county records, 1850–1919.
The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Madera county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered. Some counties encompass land settled in the eighteenth century; their records pre-date county formation. Land transactions and vital records recorded in the county are at the county recorder's office. The county clerk general has probate books and files from the county's superior court, civil court records, and naturalizations. Divorces may be in either place, depending on how filed.
- Madera County Recorder-Clerk has Birth / Death Records from 1883 / 1892, Marriage Records from 1893 and Land Records from 1893. The County Recorder-Clerk is s responsible for examination and recording of all documents presented for recording that deal with establishing ownership of land in the County or as required by statute; administers the real property transfer tax law and maintains a permanent record and indexes of all documents for public viewing plus providing certified copies requested by the public; recording of all lawful documents such as deeds, deeds of trust, judgments, liens, affidavits, Uniform Commercial Code Financial Statements, etc; and the filing of Births, Deaths, and Marriages.
- Madera County Clerk of Superior Court has Probate Records from 1893 and Court Records from 1893. The County Clerk of Superior Court has probate books and files from the county's superior court, civil court records, and naturalizations. Divorces may be here or in the Recorders Office, depending on how it was filed.
- Madera County County Treasurer / Tax Collector
- Local Registrar of Births and Deaths, 14215 Road 28, Madera, CA 93638; Office (559) 675-7893
Madera County, California Census Records
- Learn More: State of California Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- State Population Schedules: Voter Registers, 1866-1898, Voter Registrations, 1900-1968
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: None
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: None
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: None
- Union Veterans Schedules: None
Madera County, California Vital Records
- Learn More: State of California Vital Records
- Birth Records: from July 1905 to present.
- Marriage Records: Indexes from 1949-1986 and 1998-1999.
- Death Records: from July 1905 to present. See Local County Recorder
- Divorce Records: from 1962 and June, 1984. See local County Circuit or County Chancery Clerk.
- Locations: California Department of Public Health, Vital Records, – MS 5103, 1501 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95814; PH (916) 445-1719 or (916) 445-2684
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.